2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 05:39
Suzuki introduces a diesel engine into the small car segment. The Swift Diesel also has a stop-start system on board.
Suzuki is now turning the fuel-saving screw in the small car segment. After the gasoline engine, from the end of this month the Japanese will also be offering the five-door diesel version of their Swift small car in the upper "Comfort" equipment line with an automatic start-stop system as standard. With the fuel-saving technology on board, the Japanese promise reductions in consumption of at least six percent in city traffic, which ultimately means a reduction in standard consumption from 4.2 to 4.1 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. Based on these values and an annual mileage of 10,000 kilometers, this would correspond to a savings potential of 10 liters or around 15 euros over the year. The Swift owner will not get rich as a result, but at least his conscience will be a little greener. At the same time, CO2 emissions are to be reduced from 109 to 106 grams per kilometer.
Further diesel models are planned
Which at the time of the first inner-city trips with the 55 kW / 75 PS 1.3-liter turbo-diesel had to be checked only sporadically. The reason for this is not a fault in the system, but purely intentional: If the starter battery falls below a certain voltage level, for example after a long city trip without charging, the fuel-saving assistant is automatically deactivated. As with other manufacturers, this is supposed to protect the energy storage and protect the driver from unpleasant starting problems. Even if the car is not yet at operating temperature or the air conditioning is working at full load, the engine remains in operation at the red light in order to protect the components of the drive train.
If the start-stop system came into action during the test drives, the engine would start without any problems and jerk-free when the clutch was actuated. The Japanese have also done a good job in terms of noise management. The revised four-cylinder does its job pleasantly quietly, almost unpleasantly, so that you have to prick up your ears to hear signs of life in the form of a discreet nailing. The small, up to 165 km / h fast Japanese makes a good impression in terms of smoothness and workmanship. Especially since in addition to the fuel-saving system in the upscale equipment line available from 16,890 euros, among other things, automatic air conditioning, USB connection, cruise control and key-free access are also on board, which is not a matter of course in this automotive class. Should the system prove itself,it should find its way into other diesel models from the Japanese in the next few years. (mid)
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